Mario Strikers: Battle League has been praised by Nintendo fans, but the slim roster, lack of fan-favorite characters like Daisy, and looming possibility of what should be base content coming as DLC has some frustrated.
Mario Strikers: Battle League only had just 10 characters on release, with some fan favorites missing from the roster. Many fans are wondering about whether some of their favorites are getting bumped down the totem pole of Mario characters.
In particular, Daisy fans have raised an eyebrow over her removal from the Mario Strikers: Battle League roster. Daisy was a captain in Mario Strikers: Charged, making her a surprising omission from the roster. Her personality also stands apart from the characters that are available in the game.
Here are the characters in Mario Strikers: Battle League:
- Donkey Kong
Mario Strikers: Battle League players meme about the lack of Daisy
Even before Mario Strikers: Battle League was released on June 10, the Nintendo community started to panic over the lack of Daisy. She was not announced anywhere online and was not seen in the demo.
Unfortunately, the game ultimately launched without Daisy as a playable character. Instead, Rosalina has joined the soccer squad. Some claimed they wouldn’t purchase Mario Strikers: Battle League until Daisy was added to the slim roster of characters.
The glaring lack of Daisy’s sporty attitude has left a lot of players frustrated with the relative lack of female representation in Mario Strikers. Though she may be added in a potential Mario Strikers: Battle League DLC pack, there’s no official word on that.
Some Mario Strikers: Battle League ask if Peach is sexist
There are only two female characters in Strikers: Peach and Rosalina. And unfortunately, many are not feeling Peach at all.
Every Mario Strikers character gets their own theme which includes team names if selected as captain to the Hyper Strike move to their victory cutscenes. The Hyper Strikes include Luigi kicking the ball into a massive tornado, Yoshi dropping a giant egg on the field, and Bowser lighting the ball on fire.
Peach, on the other hand, uses her girly charm to score a goal if her Hyper Strike is hit just right. Peach will kick the ball in a heart shape, putting the opposing team under her spell. The goalkeeper, Boom Boom, will then throw the ball into his own net due to how infatuated he has become with Peach.
While entertaining to a degree, it feels a bit lackluster compared to the more intense stunts the other characters have. It might bring some extra frustration for Nintendo fans who remember Daisy’s tomboyish attitude and intense animations.
Peach has been given similar treatment in the past, including her own game Super Princess Peach, which revolved around the strength of her feelings and emotions. While it’s nice to have some girl power in Battle League, some fans feel it wasn’t handled appropriately and are hoping that Daisy will be released later as DLC for Mario Strikers: Battle League with a different take.